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WTKA Roundtable 1/20/2022: Who Is Little Wayne

WTKA Roundtable 1/20/2022: Who Is Little Wayne

January 20, 2022

Things discussed:

  • Pre-show: Jim Harbaugh thoughts at the tail end of The Michigan Insider.
  • Question: Interim tag? What about co-head coaches?
  • Harbaugh: Likely to return to Michigan, wants to see if the NFL is interested but we only see the Raiders as potentially interested.
  • Mike Elston: One of the guys. If you’re going to be a lifelong DL coach might as well come home.
  • Let’s play if he goes: Hart? Gattis? Macdonald?
  • Outside options? We haven’t changed.
  • Likelihood it happens? Only Raiders, G-Men seems like it would be weird. If the NFL really wanted Jim Harbaugh he’d be in the NFL right now. It would have to be a team that wants to make the whole operation Harbaugh’s because your GM has to be the rare type of boss who can get along with him.
  • Jacksonville? Not with Baalke there. But Jim’s good friend is director of player personnel.
  • Do we care that Michigan has a coach looking around? If it wasn’t Harbaugh, probably.
  • Hoops: Played with guts in Champaign, PG coming around, Frankie’s not a shooter but had a super spreader event at Crisler.
  • Hockey: Got lucky to win 2 against PSU, go to Minnesota when they’re trying to find a goalie (can’t have ours again).
The Michigan Hockeycast 4.13: Picked a Netty Nit

The Michigan Hockeycast 4.13: Picked a Netty Nit

January 19, 2022

With David Nasternak and Alex Drain

This Podcast Has a Sponsor: Michigan Law Grad Jonathan Paul is the guy with the C you want skating next to the ref and pleading your case. He's also a good guy to sit next to at the hockey games.

[Writeup after THE JUMP]

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Segment 1: Strong Start Turns to Hanging On

  • Period of Goals
  • Five Minute Majors Go Opposite Directions
  • Michigan Gets Many OMRs, Finishes None
  • Individual Mistakes Allow a PSU Rally
  • Some 5x3 PP Discussion 

Segment 2: A win? A tie? Yes. 28:32

  • First Period Nap
  • Second Period Adrenaline Rush
  • Third Period Rally and Survive
  • Big Ten Talk
  • Showdown in Minneapolis

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MUSIC

  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" -The Tokens
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
WTKA Roundtable 1/13/2022: In Defense of Neanderthals

WTKA Roundtable 1/13/2022: In Defense of Neanderthals

January 13, 2022

Things discussed:

  • Harbaugh to the NFL? Only the Raiders, and only if they make a ridiculous offer.
  • Difference this year from last: Harbaugh went through last January’s renegotiation.
  • If anyone’s going to make the move it’s the Raiders making a big one. Jim’s gotta know however that it’s not going to last.
  • Donors who are for Michigan not their own self-aggrandizement is what makes Michigan so competitive. Having Ross be mostly hands off helps Michigan keep the donors from messing with the program, and that’s something that other schools envy us for. Good donors want a better linebacker, not more access.
  • NIL and “NIL”? Michigan is coming along, probably not as fast as other schools are going to keep adapting.
  • Transfers? Michigan’s only gotten one guy since 1990 who got more than a few credits towards a Michigan undergrad degree to transfer: Grant Mason from Stanford. Everyone else was a grad transfer or more or less started from scratch.
  • Can Michigan be competitive in this environment? If the talent is more diffused. If Bama and UGA and Ohio State have their choice it’s unlikely Michigan can go 3-0 against them to win a championship. When you have an Ole Miss and Florida and A&M focused on getting the guys who want to go wherever’s offering the most money, that takes the top off of Bama and Georgia and Ohio State.
  • Hoops: Problems they have are not solvable, because they don’t have wings. Their thruck will change at least. Illinois is playing great even without Curbelo. Frazier is the kind of guy who can tear us apart.
  • Hockey: Made it over their bumpy part of the road and Mel teams have good second halves, but the Olympics could leave us severely depleted. Still look like a good team to make a run in the playoffs. Great UMass series this week.
The Michigan Hockeycast 4.12: Of Lexington and Concord

The Michigan Hockeycast 4.12: Of Lexington and Concord

January 11, 2022

With David Nasternak and Alex Drain

This Podcast Has a Sponsor: Michigan Law Grad Jonathan Paul is the guy with the C you want skating next to the ref and pleading your case. He's also a good guy to sit next to at the hockey games.

[Writeup after THE JUMP]

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Segment 1: A Tie and a Win

00:51

  • News, Notes, Catch-up
  • Some Quick Tech Speak
  • Michigan Scores at a Minute's Notice
  • A Late Win
  • Convincing Numbers

Segment 2: More Mass, B10 Roundup, and some PSU Talk

28:50

  • Top Line Dominance
  • Portillo very good...still
  • Frustrating last 7 Minutes
  • B10 Wrapup
  • A look ahead to Penn State
  • Also Olympics

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MUSIC

  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps Historical Ensemble
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
WTKA Roundtable 1/6/2022: The First Bus to Mars

WTKA Roundtable 1/6/2022: The First Bus to Mars

January 6, 2022

Things discussed:

  • The Orange Bowl: Georgia was just really good. Stetson Bennett was great.
  • UGA had us scouted perfectly. Harrell vs their TE, two TDs each on Colson and Vincent Gray.
  • UGA’s talent was a game-changer.
  • Georgia fans were nice—Let’s have a home and home with them?
  • Cade vs JJ: Sam’s ready to go McCarthy now, but we all expect a competition, and a result.
  • Love for this team.
  • Break: Harbaugh talk. If Michigan can’t get transfers in or compete on “NIL” they’re not ready for the next phase of college football.
  • Hoops: This team is an easy scout. They need a wing.
MGoPodcast 13.15: The Taco Ceiling

MGoPodcast 13.15: The Taco Ceiling

January 5, 2022

1 hour and 10`minutes

The Sponsors

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And let’s not forget our associate sponsors: Peak Wealth ManagementHomeSure LendingAnn Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law GradHuman Element, The Phil Klein Insurance GroupSignalWire (use the code MUPPETS), Prentice 4M, where we recorded this, Team Fan Club, and introducing The View from the Cheap Seats podcast by the Sklars, who will now be joining us for the Hot Takes segments. Please go subscribe and like their podcast, and leave your hot takes about this game in the reviews.

1. Offense

starts at 1:00

Miami, the city, is a weird place. Georgia's defense has a Devin Bush and even Blake Corum in space couldn't get around him. Run game didn't get anywhere and Cade's 3-4 yard passes at a time wasn't able to get Michigan down the field. JJ is probably the one with the ceiling to compete with teams like Georgia. 

[The rest of the writeup and the player after THE JUMP]

2. Defense

starts at 18:56

We were hoping Michigan could make up the talent gap by scheming up some plays and playing smarter - turns out Georgia out-schemed Michigan. Georgia seemed prepared for all the nuances of Michigan's defenses that they could exploit. Seth gives some optimism about the future of this defense.

3. Hot Takes, 2022 Offense

starts at 29:56

Takes hotter than... Miami? Brian has opinions about tacos. Quarterback situation for 2022 looks to be really good. Unclear if there's a bruiser at running back to replace Haskins, but Michigan's backfield could be one of the most explosive in the country. Michigan loses a blocking tight end in Joel Honigford but the returning unit looks good. Center replaces Andrew Vastardis with a possible upgrade and the rest of the line looks to be in a good place - can any of them be an All-American? Add Ronnie Bell to the returning receiver group and they might be one of the best in the league. 

4. 2022 Defense

starts at 52:40

Most of the defense returns for 2022. Losing the best defensive end duo in the country hurts, it's unclear on how to replace Ojabo and Hutchinson. Defensive scheme may need to be restructured a bit, but the recruiting seems to be planning for that. Junior Colson probably has the biggest growth potential at linebacker. Losing Brad Hawkins and (we assume) Dax Hill will be difficult, may need to play true freshmen at some point. Dropping a five-star true freshman (Will Johnson) at cornerback will be feasible next season. It's looking like Michigan could be in the same situation next season as this one: going into the Ohio State game with everything on the line.

MUSIC:

  • "When You Were Mine"--Joy Crookes
  • "True"--Skirts
  • "All of the Time"--Jungle
  • “Across 110th Street”
WTKA Roundtable 12/30/2021: The Church of H-Squared

WTKA Roundtable 12/30/2021: The Church of H-Squared

December 30, 2021

Things discussed:

  • Georgia mindset: They got 2018 Ohio State gamed vs Bama, think they’re going to beat Michigan and lose to Bama again.
  • Hoping there’s some non-linear stuff going on: What UGA does to offenses in the 30s or 50s may not be what they do to a Top 5 group.
  • Michigan has to get their explosive plays, a la Wisconsin.
  • They’re 2018 Michigan on defense, if Ryan Glasgow was 6’6”/340. Want to put 8 in the box and cover 1.
  • Dealing with Davis? Trap trap trap trap. Want to see a great Michigan gameplan.
  • Georgia’s offense like throwing to the TE and RB so if Michigan can put them in long downs they put the Dawgs in a bad spot where they are using their best offensive weapons to chip Hutchinson/Ojabo.
  • Brian recalls Andre Seldon broke up a fade in an all-star game vs their 6’7”/265 TE Darnell Washington.
  • Basketball vs UCF: Michigan has to fix their turnover problem and their guards getting blown by problem. One of these problems probably gets fixed this game. Key to the game: hit your threes, because they play two bigs.
MGoRadio 7.14: The Right Direction

MGoRadio 7.14: The Right Direction

December 29, 2021

The Sponsors

Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. UGP makes custom apparel such as t-shirts and sweatshirts and was founded by 2 Michigan alums over 20 years ago. They have 3 retail locations in Ann Arbor and offer thousands of University of Michigan athletic products for sale, ranging from clothing to accessories and memorabilia. Check them out at ugpmichiganapparel.com or check out our selection of shirts on the MGoBlogStore.com, including this one--->.

And let’s not forget our associate sponsors: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, Prentice4M, and Team Fan Club. We are of course made possible by SignalWire.

The live broadcast was canceled because we had so many kid interruptions happening.

[After THE JUMP: The player and what was said]

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  1. Georgia Preview: Offense (starts at 0:22)
  2. Georgia Preview: Defense (starts at 24:04)
  3. After Upon Further Review: BTC (starts at 43:23)
  4. Hockey cancelation makes everyone mad. (starts at 58:09)

Featured Musician:

Just a local artist I grew up with who used to be in a hip-hop called Athletic Mic League when we were in college together, and now goes by Mayer Hawthorne. He has an official website and everything.

  • “Mr. Blue Sky”
  • “The Ills”
  • “The Walk”

Also because Across 110th Street will get our Youtubes taken now now, the opener and outro:

  • “The Employee is Not Afraid”—Bear vs. Shark
  • “Ruska Vodka”—Motorboat
WTKA Roundtable 12/16/2021: A Fun December

WTKA Roundtable 12/16/2021: A Fun December

December 16, 2021

Things discussed:

  • The softness of Ohio State fans: fainting couches for Desmond making fun of their OL.
  • Happy Urban Meyer fired morning.
  • Big Ten recruiting and realignment. I pitch my Showcase idea again, because it is the perfect solution.
  • HBCU takes the #1 overall recruit and the SEC feels entitled. You can’t pay players to choose your school over better career options, only we can do that.
  • This recruiting class: Brian loves that they used their championship to finish, I love that Michigan recruited to their strengths and soft spots in the system.
  • Who’s going to play next year? Johnson. Mason Graham, probably Sabb or Zeke Berry. Going to see more Macdonald amoeba.
  • OL recruiting? They’ve got an extra year of eligibility for everybody.
MGoRadio 7.13: The Signing Day Espectaculo

MGoRadio 7.13: The Signing Day Espectaculo

December 15, 2021

Mr Brightside - Navy TriblendThe Sponsors

Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. UGP makes custom apparel such as t-shirts and sweatshirts and was founded by 2 Michigan alums over 20 years ago. They have 3 retail locations in Ann Arbor and offer thousands of University of Michigan athletic products for sale, ranging from clothing to accessories and memorabilia. Check them out at ugpmichiganapparel.com or check out our selection of shirts on the MGoBlogStore.com, including this one--->.

And let’s not forget our associate sponsors: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, Prentice4M, and Team Fan Club. We are of course made possible by SignalWire.

THE VIDEO

[After THE JUMP: the player and what we said]

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1. Across the Crooked Blue Line, Offense

  • QB JAYDEN DENEGAL: Big-bodied, M had him up for a throwing session, camper, * fell, Speight. Teams were wary of weight issues. “Inconsistent” delivery. Slow release. Good deep ball. Cerebral. Owns a tortoise.
  • QB ALEX ORJI: VT decommit. Tough Dallas leaguer, kind of a Michael Barrett where he’s linebacker shaped and could move there if QB doesn’t work out. Or “backfield TE” just sayin.
  • RB CJ STOKES: Low league. Great balance, serious jump cut, runs good routes and wants to catch the ball a lot.
  • WR TYLER MORRIS: Golden Tate smooth and post-catch burst. Injured this year and no drama in his recruitment or he’d be a top 25 player. Also comped to Garrett Wilson. Great routes. Olympic-caliber high-jumper. (Junior Olympics champion).
  • WR DARRIUS CLEMONS: Huge dude who makes crazy catches and has a “verified” 40 of 4.37. Route running is a work in progress.
  • WR AMORION WALKER: Long, tall, leapy. M has done well with wingspans from the South.
  • TE COLSON LOVELAND: Flex you can play immediately, Erick All potential. Staff enamored. Bama looked.
  • TE MARLIN KLEIN: Receiver build, still rather fresh from Germany, plays in a low-level Georgia league so he’s more a Schoonmaker project.
  • OT ANDREW GENTRY: Counting him as a 2022 even though he was in the 2020 class. Crazy Mormon mission story recruitment after that. Stueber comp.

OL ALLESSANDRO LORENZETTI: Fell off the recruiting industrial complex tree and hit every blind spot on the way down: Quebecois, mid-career transfer, no junior film, highest-ranked player ever at his school in Connecticut, and extremely short recruitment that didn’t reciprocate SEC interest.

OL CONNOR JONES: One of us! Comes through the same Colorado OL factory as the rest, going to need some development. Fan favorite.

2. Across the Crooked Blue Line, Defense Front

(starts at 43:21)

  • NT KENNETH GRANT: Mammoth, underrated as far as his get-off and agility. Might need some time to develop. OSU slow-played and wished they hadn’t when he rose up the rankings.
  • DT MASON GRAHAM: Ryan Glasgow. Can play immediately.
  • DE/DT DERRICK MOORE: National top-50 heavy DE affected by M’s late rise, may be a play immediately. We honestly haven’t scouted him much yet.
  • EDGE KEVONTE HENRY: Didn’t sign with M today, didn’t sign with Courtney Morgan’s new place either. Uche-level edge-bender they’re going to go all-out for down the stretch.
  • EDGE/LB MICAH POLLARD: Popped when scouting someone else, development time, staff might see him at either role. Braylon’s nephew, Marcus’s son.
  • LB JIMMY ROLDER: Late pop and thank god because they were struggling at MLB this cycle. Athlete in the mold of Ben Gedeon.
  • LB DEUCE SPURLOCK: M had to go back hat in hand but smart player, sideline to sideline, underrated athlete, had to fend off Southern schools late.
  • LB AARON ALEXANDER: Don’t know much about him because he was a converted RB then got hurt. Had a good playoffs for Belleville. Also: Belleville.

3. Across the Crooked Blue Line, Defensivee Secondary

(starts at 1:06:06)

  • HSP KEON SABB. Brian has the worst memories of Cato June but yeah: linebacker who moves like a safety. Big piece for the amoeba stuff they want to do.
  • S ZEKE BERRY. Lorenz’s favorite player of the class. Peppers-like, even on offense. Maybe not as twitch but that sort of player.
  • S DAMANI DENT. Underrated player of the class, nationally. Oregon loved him after he went to their camp. Dax Hill minus the rankings.
  • CB WILL JOHNSON. Ideal cornerback, great upside for a top-20 guy because he can play anywhere in their system, runs WR routes like a WR.
  • CB KODY JONES. “SEC-style” cornerback who just can turn on a dime and competes like mad then goes in the 2nd round. Nickel early? Big recruiting win down the stretch.
  • CB MYLES POLLARD. Every Michigan fan, starting with Josh Newkirk, saw it before Michigan did, but he balls out against top competition. If he was a 4.4 instead of 4.5 guy he’d be Will Johnson.

4. Lightning Round and Superlatives

(starts at 1:27:18)

5Q5A: When do they get the bump from the end of this season? When does this secondary take over? Any LB/DE in the mix immediately? Affect of losing of Courtney Morgan? How do they finish?

LIGHTNING ROUND: Best player? Best player still on the roster in 4 years? Most underrated? Biggest recruiting win?

MUSIC:
  • “Hi, Hey There, Hello”—The Mowgli's
  • “Sorry I Stole Your Man”—Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
  • “Starman”—David Bowie

Also because Across 110th Street will get our Youtubes taken now now, the opener and outro:

  • “The Employee is Not Afraid”—Bear vs. Shark
  • “Ruska Vodka”—Motorboat
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